Australasia Mourns Her Honored Dead [poem by Pat Matthews, ca. 1916]

[Editor: A poem commemorating the anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli. It was published on a single sheet of paper (a leaflet, or handbill), undated, but believed to have been published for the first Anzac Day (1916).] In Memoriam. Australasia Mourns her Honored Dead. Dedicated To our Fallen Heroes on the Anniversary of their […]

A Vision: And an Answer [poem supporting conscription, 27 October 1916]

[Editor: This poem by George Stacy was published in The Daily News (Perth, WA), 27 October 1916. It was written in response to the widely-distributed anti-conscription poem “The Blood Vote”.] A Vision And an Answer. “Why is your face so white, mother? Why do you choke for breath?” “Oh, I have dreamt in the night, […]

“The Blood Vote” [letter from J. H. Elshaug, 24 October 1916]

[Editor: This letter to the editor was published in The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 24 October 1916. It was written in response to the widely-distributed anti-conscription poem “The Blood Vote” (which was published in various newspapers and as a widely distributed leaflet).] “The Blood Vote.” To the Editor of The Argus. Sir, — I am enclosing […]

The Blood Vote [anti-conscription poem, 5 October 1916]

[Editor: This poem was a significant part of the anti-conscription campaign in Australia during the First World War. Published in The Australian Worker (Sydney, NSW), 5 October 1916.] The Blood Vote. “Why is your face so white, Mother? Why do you choke for breath?” “O I have dreamt in the night, my son, That I […]

Glossary [for The Moods of Ginger Mick, by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This glossary by C. J. Dennis was published in The Moods of Ginger Mick (1916).] The Glossary GLOSSARY For use with “The Sentimental Bloke” and “Ginger Mick.” A.I.F. — Australian Imperial Forces. Alley, to toss in the. — To give up the ghost. Also ran, The. — On the turf, horses that fail to […]